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We want to build a world where children living in poverty can create better futures for themselves and their families. Read our stories to find out how the programmes we fund help create more opportunities for children around the world.

October 1, 2013
Nine IKEA co-workers from across Europe attended a special award ceremony in Geneva last night to honour someone who has helped improve the lives of refugees. The co-workers were invited to attend the Nansen Refugee Award ceremony by the United Nations’ Refugee Agency (UNHCR), one of the IKEA Foundation’s biggest partners, so they can get... Read more
September 10, 2013
Anyone who has bought furniture from IKEA knows that a simple tool—the Allen/Hex key—can help produce big results. That’s why the IKEA Foundation is investing in another simple tool—an irrigation pump—to help women and families in southern Africa lift themselves out of poverty. Long droughts and the lack of irrigation tools mean that small-scale farmers... Read more
June 20, 2013
On World Refugee Day, the IKEA Foundation is celebrating its unique partnership with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and Refugee Housing Unit—a partnership to design and build a better home for refugee families. Many of the shelters currently used in refugee camps often have a life span of as little as six months before the impact of sun,... Read more
May 13, 2013
This Saturday, 31 young women who have received a scholarship from the IKEA Foundation will graduate with a university degree from the Asian University for Women (AUW). They are among the university’s first graduating class of 138 women from across Asia, who have spent the past four years not only studying hard for a degree... Read more
March 18, 2013
Making grants to 20 partners, including six new partners, the IKEA Foundation is now the biggest global corporate donor to UNICEF, UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency), the United Nations Development Programme, Save the Children and Fight for Peace International. Here are more of the highlights from the Foundation’s 2012 annual review , launched today: 74... Read more
February 12, 2013
For millions of children in Pakistan, the thought of going to school is an impossible dream. Instead, they work in fields or at home to help their families earn an income. Not only does this mean that they’re likely to be stuck in a lifelong cycle of poverty, but it leaves children—particularly girls—vulnerable to abuse... Read more
January 26, 2013
The 2012 Soft Toys for Education campaign numbers are in – and, thanks to IKEA’s co-workers and customers, the IKEA Foundation will donate €9.3 million to UNICEF and Save the Children! The annual IKEA Soft Toys for Education campaign ran from November to December 2012 in all IKEA stores around the world. For each soft... Read more
December 4, 2012
Books. Pencils. Notepads. These might be on any child’s list of necessary back-to-school items. But what about having teachers who know how to teach and how to inspire? What about having parents who encourage their children to go to school in the first place? What about making sure children feel safe and supported in school?... Read more
November 5, 2012
The IKEA Foundation is providing scholarships totaling nearly €7 million to help 840 girls and young women in Asia receive a quality education they otherwise could not afford. The donations to two partners – the Lila Poonawalla Foundation and the Asian University for Women – will help young scholars create more opportunities to lift themselves... Read more
September 16, 2012
Expanding its work significantly, the IKEA Foundation announces €31 million in funding for USA and UK-based nonprofits helping children in developing countries. “Our ambition at the IKEA Foundation is to help improve the lives of children and youth in the developing world,” explains Per Heggenes, CEO of the IKEA Foundation. “Our commitments so far will... Read more
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